1. Learn the Basics

Here’s our guide to everything windows – what’s available, how to evaluate your needs, and what to expect along the way

Whether you’re looking for beauty, energy efficiency, durability or to increase your home’s overall value, this section will give you the tools you’ll need to feel confident when a window dealer visits your home.

Which windows should you replace?

It all depends on your objectives. To maximize beauty, energy efficiency and maintenance freedom, it's best to replace them all – especially if they are over 20 years old. If that's not an option, consider the rooms in which new windows will do the most good - the ones you use most, or are most drafty, should be priorities.

What kind of windows are best to buy?

The most important consideration is energy efficiency. Windows with an air infiltration rating of less than .15 CFM, gas-filled dual or triple pane Low-E glass, and a low U-Factor can give you the best energy savings. SoftLite Windows offer products with excellent ratings that provide better performance than most traditional vinyl high-performance windows.

How do I measure for replacement windows?

First, use a tape measure to measure the width of the window by raising the window sash to expose the jamb, and then measuring between the inside jambs on either side. Next, measure the height of the window from the sill to the top of the opening. Do this measurement three times. Once on the left, once at the center, and once on the right. When measuring, be sure not to include the trim.

Warranties and Service

Always ask your dealer about the warranties their manufacturers offer. All of SoftLite's windows and doors come with a lifetime warranty which is the best in the industry.

FAQ

First, consider your goals: will your new windows be a matter of beauty, energy efficiency, or both? How much maintenance are you willing to do? Will you do a simple replacement, or go for a totally different style? Take a walk around the house – inside and out – and assess your priorities.

Typically the process begins on the Internet, so you’re already on your way. On this site, we’ve included tools to show you the process, prepare you to meet with dealers, and highlight what we have to offer. You’ll also find helpful links to broaden your search. And if you like what you see here, we’ll point you to a SoftLite dealer near you.

Like most manufacturers of replacement windows, we have a network of qualified professional dealers who will determine your exact needs, order, deliver and install your new windows. Make sure your dealer has references, third-party certifications, and a valid insurance certificate before you sign a contract.

Not sure what you need? No worries. Our professional dealers are here to help.

What People Say

Hannah
Hannah
Charlotte, NC
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We love our new windows! We purchased an older ranch home with original 1950 windows and the drafts in each room were awful! Not only is our home far more energy efficient, but looks way better from the inside and out! We also love being able to easily open the windows from the top or bottom!
Michael
Michael
Chicago, IL
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We replaced thirteen original wood windows in the upstairs of our 112-year-old house. We were worried that the new vinyl windows would lack the charm and warmth of the old ones, but we were wrong. The Imperial Elite windows look fantastic. We were even able to duplicate the original pattern of the grilles in living room windows, preserving both the interior look and the curb appeal. Instead of hiring window washers with tall ladders, we can now clean the windows with ease ourselves thanks to the tilt-in feature.
Chloris
Chloris
Rockville, MD
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We have done many research on different brands of windows before we decided on SoftLite. We are happy with this decision. They are very stylish windows and easy to open and close.
Steve & Marsha P.
Steve & Marsha P.
Charlotte, NC
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We love watching birds and squirrels from our kitchen table and were not able to with our old windows. Now with our new SoftLite windows it's as if there was nothing between us and the birds. And the windows look great. Thanks, Steve & Marsha P.
Stephanie K.
Stephanie K.
Chicago, IL
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The windows are beautiful and are great for minimizing outdoor noise! We live on a moderately busy street and now it is so quiet and peaceful.
Pamela
Pamela
Evanston, IL
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I LOVE my new SoftLite windows! They are so easy to operate and clean and they look AMAZING!
Nancy H.
Nancy H.
Peachtree Corners, GA
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We are loving our windows so far! Our 40-year-old house had all original windows, which were single-paned and in rather poor shape (some wouldn't open, the ones that would open wouldn't stay open, no screens, etc). Our air conditioner broke at the beginning of the summer and we haven't been able to get it replaced yet, but our new windows have kept the house much cooler during the day and we're able to open them at night, making the summer bearable. We love them!
S.S.
S.S.
Chicago, IL
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Replaced our beat up casement windows (half of them didn't open/ close properly and were starting to rot and some were drafty) with double hung. It's so nice to have windows that work, look nice and keep the heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter. We didn't like having to buy new windows for a house that was less than 12 years old (we had only been there for a few years) but it was some of the best money we ever spent!
Joseph
Joseph
Cornelius, NC
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These windows are far superior to what we had and the other windows we have in the house in terms of energy efficiency and quality.
Frank and Margie
Frank and Margie
Falls Church, VA
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We are very happy with our new windows. They are easy to open and clean and they close and lock securely with very little effort. No more drafts!
John
John
Charlotte, NC
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The windows look great and I can already tell how well they are working. The house is no longer drafty. I really like how easy they are to open and tilt for cleaning. My only concern is how we will install blinds as the replacement window frame leaves a very shallow space for mounting the blinds.
Nancy
Nancy
Fairborn, OH
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We are very satisfied with our windows. The house is warmer and there is less noise from the freeway. They are beautiful windows.
Megan
Megan
New Carlisle, OH
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Great windows, great dealership who we purchased them from and completed the installation. Love the updated look to our home.
Kevin
Kevin
Charlotte, NC
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After only two weeks of springtime here in the South the windows have made a dramatic difference. The afternoon sun beats down on our house with these new windows I am able to sit at my desk comfortably and the AC has not turned on. They're incredibly easy to lift and lower, my 7 year old can do it without any issues.
Kristin G.
Kristin G.
Kennesaw, GA
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I’m so happy with my new windows. They look great! Outside noise has been drastically minimized and I look forward to lower utility bills after replacing the original windows in this 1954 building.
Katie
Katie
Charlotte, NC
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So far I'm LOVING everything about these windows. They're beautiful and efficient!
Natalie
Natalie
Chicago, IL
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From my experience with SoftLite windows,I expected the sliding patio door to be wonderful, and it is. The door slides effortlessly, the screen door pull is designed to protect the screen by keeping your fingers away from it, the extra lock is easy to operate with your foot, and the structure of the door is quite airtight.
Kurt B.
Kurt B.
Alexandria, VA
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All our windows and doors in our home are now SoftLite - great products - we're very happy with them!
Richard
Richard
Frederick, MD
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SoftLite windows have changed our screen porch into a lovely 3 season room.
David
David
Charlotte, NC
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Our dealer in NC did a fantastic job representing themselves and SoftLite windows. The windows look great, and have a slightly larger glass area than other lines we considered, which was important to us. I would recommend SoftLite to anyone researching vinyl windows. Excellent value.
Dianna
Dianna
Springfield, OH
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Love my new windows!
Jorge
Jorge
Germantown, MD
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It is so wonderful to be able to see clearly out of our windows and all of a sudden it is a little quieter in our home. Beautiful product and installation.
Aaron
Aaron
Matthews, NC
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These windows are incredible! Beautiful and really insulate the house well.
Neil F.
Neil F.
Charlotte, NC
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Very pleased with my new windows.
Jon
Jon
Harrisburg, NC
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I couldn’t be happier with my windows!
Crystal
Crystal
Statesville, NC
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Finally functional and we can see our back yard for the first time in years!
Frederic S.
Frederic S.
Strongsville, OH
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These soft light Kingsroyal Glide Patio Doors are everything I anticipated!
Gregory
Gregory
Chicago, IL
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Nice high quality windows, as far as I can tell!
Christine
Christine
Gaithersburg, MD
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The SoftLite Pro windows are beautiful. I am very happy with them.
Jennifer
Jennifer
Dallastown, PA
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Easy to use and look great in our rental property!
Max
Max
Charlotte, NC
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SoftLite windows transformed my backyard patio into a sunroom.
William
William
Atlanta, GA
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Fantastic job!
Brittany
Brittany
New Berlin, WI
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We love our new windows. Very affordable and they look so nice. They are not at all drafty like our old windows and the biggest perk to me is the ease of cleaning!
Nick
Nick
Greensboro, NC
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Windows look so much better than my old windows.
Richard
Richard
Catawaba, NC
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These windows look wonderful and the entire experience was better than expected!! Hurray!
Michael
Michael
Charlotte, NC
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Looks great!
Suk C.
Suk C.
Fort Mill, SC
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The windows look good! Thank you.

From the Blog

  • Patio Doors- What You Need To Know
    by SoftLite Windows & Doors on August 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Patio doors continue to be an aesthetic, eye-catching feature for home buyers.  Not only do they require no interior space to open and close, but their glass allows more natural light into a home.  They make a perfect addition to any living space, and work to bring the outdoors inside.  Durable, secure and design friendly, patio doors are in.